Highlights From IHHN’s Emergency Medicine Leadership Course


The Emergency Department (ED) at IHHN, Korangi Campus, conducted a three-day Emergency Medicine Leadership (EML) Course from October 26-28, 2022. The objective of the course is to familiarize the participants with the various aspects of ED leadership through lectures from subject experts and peer mentorship. The course included renowned speakers from across Pakistan and abroad.


Emergency Medicine Leadership Course – Day 1

Dr. Saima Ali, Head of the Department – Emergency Services (Adult), IHHN; Ms. Qurat ul Ain Maroof, Clinical Services Management, IHHN; and Mr. Abid Ali, Nursing, IHHN; gave a broad overview of the importance of appropriate staffing in Emergency Medicine to ensure smooth process flow.

Dr. Sean Kivlehan from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Adeel Khatri, Consultant, Emergency Medicine, IHHN, and Mr. Tariq Aziz, Nursing, IHHN, emphasized the role of triage and the impact of efficient triage on patient volume.

Mr. Imran Jamal gave a comprehensive breakdown of the negative impact of ED crowding on patient outcomes.

Dr. Sama Mukhtar and Dr. Ali Kashan spoke about hands-off communication and the role of EMS in safe patient referrals.

Candidates enthusiastically took part in group presentations, building on shared knowledge and designing efficient emergency departments.

Emergency Medicine Leadership Course – Day 2

Dr. Syed Moyn Ali, Director, IME, JSMU, and Dr. Megan Rybarcyzk, University of Pennsylvania, led a discussion on the development of EM educational courses.

Continuing with the theme of education, Dr. Saima Ali, Dr. Sabahat Fatima, Dr. Jabeen Fayyaz, and Dr. Megan Rybarcyzk lead an interactive session on teaching and learning methodologies.

Dr. Paul Charlton, Dr. Junaid Patel, and Dr. Saima Ali led an interactive session on conflict resolution & negotiation and difficult conversations in an ED setting.

Dr. Sama Mukhtar, Dr. Lubna Mushtaq, Dr. Afsah Khan, Dr. Julie Uspal, Dr. Wasfa Farooq, and Dr. Joseph Leanza discussed quality & safety in an ED environment and performance measurement & improvement through ED data. The candidates participated in a related group activity where they had to design their own clinical pathway for their respective ED.

Emergency Medicine Leadership Course – Day 3

Dr. M. Bilal Hassan, Program Coordinator for F-PEM, led an interactive session on the risks, benefits, and ethics behind the use of social media while working in a professional setting.

Dr. Adeel Khatri, Dr. Hiba Kausar, Dr. Urooj Adnan, and Dr. Afsah Khan conducted a simulated mass casualty incident for candidates with a focus on the following: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Dr. Zafar Zaidi, CEO, IHHN; Dr. Ghazanfar Saleem, Chair of IHHN’s Emergency Service Line; Dr. Afsah Khan and Dr. Mulinda Nyrinda highlighted the need for ED leadership and how to lead from the front.

The program concluded with closing remarks from Dr. Zafar Zaidi, Dr. Megan Rybarcyzk, Dr. Lubna Mushtaq, Head of Quality and Monitoring Directorate, IHHN, and Dr. Muhammad Shamvil Ashraf, Executive Director, IHHN.